Meaning and Origin of: Walker

Walker meaning and origin

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Middle English : Cloth worker, fuller of cloth 
  • English : Distinctive

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English (especially Yorkshire) and Scottish : occupational name for a fuller, Middle English walkere, Old English wealcere, an agent derivative of wealcan ‘to walk, tread’. This was the regular term for the occupation during the Middle Ages in western and northern England. Compare Fuller and Tucker.
  • The name was brought to North America from northern England and Scotland independently by many different bearers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Samuel Walker came to Lynn, MA, in about 1630; Philip Walker was in Rehoboth, MA, in or before 1643. The surname was also established in VA before 1650; a Thomas Walker, born in 1715 in King and Queen Co., VA, was a physician, soldier, and explorer.

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What Does the Name Walker Mean? 

The name Walker is a name of English origin, meaning "fuller of cloth." It was an occupational last name for a fuller, somebody who cleanses cloth (particularly wool) to eliminate oils and dirt. 

Walker is not only a popular last name, but it has become an increasingly popular first name for boys. 

How Popular is the Name Walker? 

Walker is the 206th most popular name in the U.S., according to Social Security Administration data. Since the year 2000, the name Walker has been steadily increasing in popularity. It is the 9th most popular name on FamilyEducation.com 

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Walker was at its peak popularity in March 2020. 

Popularity of the Name Walker in the United States 

The name Walker was searched for most often in the following states:

  • Louisiana 
  • Alabama 
  • Minnesota 
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee 

Famous People Named Walker and Walker in Pop Culture 

Famous Walkers include the author Walker Percy, photographer Walker Evans, and baseball player Walker Cooper. Celebrities with the last name Walker include late American actor Paul Walker, and NFL quarterback Philip "P.J." Walker. 

George Walker Bush is the full name of 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. 

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